Dental Excellence Awards 2009 semifinal candidates

Below is a list of semifinal candidates for the first-ever DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards,'s campaign to recognize the best and brightest in dentistry.

Following hundreds of nominations from our members, we have pared down the list of semifinalists to 138 candidates in 13 categories.

Most Influential Dental Researcher
Richard Crout -- Western Virginia University
John Featherstone -- UCSF School of Dentistry
Margherita Fontana -- University of Indiana School of Dentistry
Michael Glick -- University of New York Buffalo
Alan S. Herford -- Loma Linda University Medical Center
Gerard Kugel -- Tufts Dental
Steven Offenbacher -- University of North Carolina
Titus Schuyler -- University of Pittsburgh
Jorgen Slots -- University of Southern California
Dennis Tarnow -- New York University

Most Effective Dentist Educator
Raymond Bertolotti -- Private practice, Danville, CA
Gordon Christensen -- Scottsdale Center for Dentistry
John Cranham -- The Dawson Academy
Bill Dickerson -- Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
Michael DiTolla -- Director of Clinical Research, Glidewell Labs
Alan G. Farman -- University of Louisville
Marc Geisberger -- University of the Pacific School of Dentistry
Kenneth L. Kalkwarf -- University of Texas Health Science Center
John Kois -- Kois Center
Carl Misch -- Misch International Implant Institute
John Molinari -- University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry
Frank Spear -- Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, Seattle Study Club
Jon Suzuki -- Temple University
Stuart White -- UCLA School of Dentistry

Most Effective Dental Assistant Educator
Tina Calloway -- North Carolina Piedmont Dental Assistant Society
Ellen Gambardella -- Minuteman Career and Tech School, Lexington, MA
Kristi Murphy -- ATI Enterprises
Aamna Nayyar -- Santa Fe Community College
Connie Reid -- Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL
Sobie Smallridge -- Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

Most Effective Dental Hygienist Educator
Michelle Hurlbutt -- Loma Linda University
Christine Lamanna -- Erie County Dental Hygiene Program
Patricia Nunn -- University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
Anna Pattison -- University of Southern California
Mary Pelletier -- Indian River State College
David Smith -- Baker College, Port Huron, MI
Rebecca Stolberg -- Eastern Washington University
Allison Teal -- Inspired Hygiene
Pam Wood -- Rhode Island Dental School
Nancy Zinser -- Palm Beach Community College, Lake Worth, FL

Best Practice Management Consultant
Shannon Baker -- Accelerated Practice Concepts
Jeffrey A. Elo -- Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
Kathleen Johnson -- Kathleen Johnson & Associates
Bill Kimball -- Kimball Consulting
Roger Levin -- Levin Group
The Madow brothers -- "The Richards Report"
Sally McKenzie -- McKenzie Management
Linda Miles -- Miles and Associates
Amy Morgan -- Pride Institute
Carol Paige -- PRN Consulting
Paragon Management Consultants
Sandy Roth -- ProSyngery Dental Communications
Ted Schumann I, Ted Schumann II -- DBS Associates

Best New Material
BruxZir Total Zirconia Crowns and Bridges -- Glidewell
Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Desensitizing Paste
eMax CAD/eMax Press -- Ivoclar Vivadent
FIT 852 Resin -- Esstech
Herculite Ultra -- Kerr
Icon -- DMG
IPS Empress Direct -- Ivoclar Vivadent
Kalore -- GC America
OraVerse -- Novalar
Panasil initial contact -- Kettenbach
SureFil SDR Flow -- Dentsply

Best New Instrument
Accupal -- Accupal
Composi-Tight 3D Sectional Matrix System -- Garrison Dental Solutions
Elipar Rapid Cure LCD light -- 3M ESPE
everLight -- Dental EZ
Isolite -- Isolite Systems
NuTorque electric handpiece -- Dental EZ
OS Discs/OS30 Electric Handpiece -- KOMET USA
PIPS tip -- Lares Research
TwinPower Turbine Handpiece with ceramic bearings -- J. Morita
V3 Sectional Matrix -- Triodent

Best New Diagnostic Device
GXC-300 intraoral camera -- Gendex
HelioDentPlus intraoral system -- Sirona
Identafi 3000 ultra -- Trimira
Iluma Elite cone-beam CT -- Imtec
Kodak 1500 intraoral camera -- PracticeWorks
NewTom VGi -- AFP Imaging
Polaris -- Air Techniques
Platinum digital sensor -- Dexis
Spectra -- Air Techniques
Xios intraoral sensor system -- Sirona

Best New Software
3Shape Dental System 2009
Cerec AC -- Sirona
Dentrix 4 -- Henry Schein
Lexi-Comp for iPhone, iTouch
MacPractice Endo
Open Dental v. 6.7
PracticeWorks modules: Pearl, eForms, Acquisition
Tru-Pan for i-CAT -- Imaging Sciences
VistaDent3D -- Dentsply

Best New Consumer Product
Aquafree waterless toothbrush
Clinpro 5000 toothpaste -- 3M ESPE
Damon Q orthodontic brackets
Listerine Total Care
Puredent Gum
Reach Ultraclean Floss -- Johnson & Johnson
Sensodyne Pronamel for kids
SoniCare FlexCare+ -- Philips
Spry xylitol gum

Hottest Clinical Procedure
Cone-beam CT
Essix for minor tooth movement
Laser dentistry
Mini implants
Partial caries removal
PIPS root-canal protocol
Regenerative endodontics

Most Controversial Topic
Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis on the jaw
Botox in dentistry
Dental amalgam/mercury
Dentistry and Medicaid
Fee capping
Healthcare reform
Implants vs root canals
Invisalign requiring 10 cases a year
Midlevel dental providers
Mobile dentistry
Oral sedation
Teeth-whitening kiosks

Most Significant Dental News Event
AAP/AAC position paper on perio disease and heart disease
Dental Medicaid cuts
Economic recession
H1N1 flu and infection control
Healthcare reform
Midlevel dental providers
Minnesota licensure with Canadian boards
Mobile dentistry in Louisiana schools
Oral bisphosphonates and osteonecrosis of the jaw
Red Flag Rules
Yelp review lawsuit

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